Dear Family that I love,
Since I am on this Lenten journey with you, I am going to give you a little message. I remember Fr. Jeff asking the kids at our school, St. Louis Catholic Academy this question, “What do you have a hard time waiting for?” Everybody presented a “Can’t Wait” quote. Whether it was, “I can’t wait until graduation”, “I can’t wait until I get home to see my little puppy” or “I can’t wait to go out get a pizza tonight”. Since Jesus loves us totally, “He can’t wait” to express and share His blessings with us. “He can’t wait” until He can love us more and more. Church, as we go through Lent maybe we can be more aware of Jesus, “Can’t Wait” for each of us. Maybe that is a good attitude to have when I have difficult things to do in my ministry. I’ll just say, “Jesus can’t wait to help me” and maybe I’ll get through it. Amen! Maybe we can put a “Spiritual Spin” on each event of our day.
Jesus gives us the parable of always wanting us to have a second chance, maybe even a third or fourth chance also. The vine grower wants to cut down the fig tree because it doesn’t produce fruit. We can imagine Jesus saying, “Give it another year and I will encourage it.” Certainly He is a God of second chances. I really feel that and I am sure you do also that Jesus couldn’t wait to give us a second, third or fourth chance and on and on.
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is of Moses and the “burning bush,” holy ground, the special presence of the Lord. On my eight-day retreat every year I often meditate on this, how close God is to us, invites us to reflect on this sacred event. There are so many things in our daily life and we can claim we are on holy ground, in the presence of loved ones and the presence of our God in our prayer space at home, in our church, just the presence of God everywhere. Church family, as you continue the good Lenten journey, continue to look at the events of each day and pray a prayer to the Lord that you “Can’t Wait” for God to manifest Himself in all of these daily events.
Love, Fr. Bob